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Giving the Islamists some rope

It looks like the Islamists in several of the Middle Eastern countries are rearing their heads. Shocker, I know. The Muslim Brotherhood is on the rise in Egypt and lo and behold some of our rebels in Libya, who we are not supporting, happen to be AQ and on the other side in Iraq & Afghanistan.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya".

Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader".

Lovely.  But wasn't this going to happen regardless? In most of the countries on fire, the people were not allowed to organize in any fashion other than around religion. So when the iron sandal comes off their necks it is the religionists who will make the first gains. The beards will come out, the women will go in sacks and the repression will transmogrify from tyrannical dictatorship, to totalitarian Islamism. OK, it may not reach the level of state control such as when the Talibs ran Afghanistan, but it will be pushed and it will be pushy.

The story has always been that we can't defeat the Islamists at the barrel of a gun, and after you kill a certain number who really need it, they are right. It has to be won on the battlefield of ideas, and the biggest advantage we have is that their way of life sucks Hoover. Living under Sharia and the barbaric, misogynistic ass banditry of these people just truly sucks. But with the ubiquity of electronic devices, it is near impossible for a bunch of medieval obscurantists to hide the world from their Ummah. So the young people will be able to see what the options truly are, and they may not choose to submit.

That is where US strategy should have been focusing all through this Arab Spring. We need to ally ourselves with everyone but the extremists in any way possible. The words of President Reagan penetrated the Gulag Archipelago and gave hope and strength to Soviet dissidents. As much as Obama loves the sound of his own voice, maybe we could get him to say something about the freedom and dignity of all men and a basic human right to live free of oppression. Maybe he could wear that as yet undeserved Oslo bauble and at least give rhetorical support to people who may soon be running their own countries and deciding who their friends are. Nobody needs friends who didn't help you out when you most needed it. No rolling tanks, no no fly zones, just a coordinated effort to show why we are more fun to hang out with than the bearded bastards. Shouldn't be too tough eh? I vote we make Charlie Sheen Special Envoy to the Middle East for Winning.

I remember some guy mentioning this kind of outreach almost five years ago. And watch this whole clip where one of Pakistan's top actresses mertilizes a bearded wanker. She is the type of ally we need.